• I ditched Spotify because of THIS - YouTube

    This Guy is Mass Producing Factories to Build Houses | Cuby - YouTube
    Each factory can produce roughly a house per day.
    70% of the cost per square foot of house is the labor plus sub contractor, in the US, right now. There's not enough skilled labor. 30% is materials.
    Manufacturing conveyor style. 50% the cost of standard construction. Reduce the labor force more than 10x.
    'People need to buy a house as easy as to buy a car.'
    With some predictable quality.
    Most the production (factories) to where you want to build the houses.
    He wrote a book on how to govern engineers in a business. He is a physics analyst. If he can find the physics analysis, he can predict how the system will behave itself.
    They train workers before they arrive at the factory by creating a version of the factory in Unreal Engine. He plays the game version, and then when he arrives he already knows.
    They have an Uber-style app for the workers. When they arrive they push a button on the app and (based on his skills) he is assigned a task. When he's finished he pushes another button.
    They are preparing to use more robotics. They will give these same digital tasks (from the app) to robotics.
    Use already-existing technology, so it will be familiar to any participant of the market.
  • Russia-Ukraine peace talks on 5th day of war

    In Belarus, on the Ukraine-Belarus border. Delegations from each country which don't include the two leaders.

  • Belarus constitutional referendum: They voted in favor of hosting nuclear weapons and allow leader to extend his rule (possibly an additional 10 years) and give him immunity to prosecution once he leaves office

    The West said they wouldn't recognize the referendum results, which happened while Russia was invading Ukraine and while Belarus was serving as a launchpad for some of the invading Russian troops.

  • West's continued use of sanctions has less effect, according to Prof at U of South-Eastern Norway Glenn Diesen

    ... as the international system becomes more multi-polar. For example, Belarus, recently sanctioned by the EU for its human rights violations (following their grounding of a plane to arrest a Belarussian blogger), has other options in Russia. The US also sanctioned Myanmar following the coup, but they also have access to China and Russia.

    The hope with sanctions is that by undermining the whole economy of a country the population made to suffer will put pressure on their government to change. It is considered by some to have worked on Iran following the first Gulf War. There are also economic consequences in other countries including the one doing the sanctioning, such as in the US where the price of gas is driven up in line with sanctions on Iran. Thereby, such sanctions can end up helping other countries that may not be allies. It can also lead to negative consequences for the sanctioning country when it imposes sanctions on other countries for things it also does but expects to not be criticized for (many have pointed out that the US and EU also grounded a plane in 2014 to try to aprehend Edward Snowden - Austria grounded the plane from its airspace).

    The use of longlasting or permanent sanctions, especially when the sanctioned country has little ability to make concessions, it just leads to the sanctioned country learning to live without the countries that imposes the sanctions, according to Diesen.

    Anti-Russian sanctions following Crimea and Ukraine in 2014 didn't lead to Russia capitulating to the West or destroying the Russian economy. Russia rewired its economy to the East, forming a strategic partnership with China, reducing its vulnerability by cutting exposure to Western industries, tech, transportation corridors, banks, payment systems. Same with Iran. And now Belarus.

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